The hair cut can also work to camouflage problem areas on the lower face as well. If aging has caused your jaw line to sag, or your ears to droop, longer hairstyles make it easy to hide these
problem features. And if the problem area is somewhere that can’t be readily “disguised”, use styling techniques to draw focus away from them. When the area of the neck under the chin has become sagged and formed the
dreaded “wattle”, then incorporating elements like an asymmetrical fringe, or accent curls into otherwise smooth locks, will keep the attention on the hair, and not the face.
As a person ages, she undergoes changes in the color of the hair. Some of the changes are dramatic – as in the case of gray hair – while some are subtle – the hair color generally
lightens over the years and grows more subdued. Because of this, haircolor can be a great way to revitalize your look and create a more youthful appearance.
When dealing with gray hair, remember that your goal is to keep your hair looking natural, while blending away the gray. Because of this, you want to avoid using haircolor that will
make the hair darker overall. This becomes especially true of those with lighter hair pigment in the non-gray hair. By using a lighter color to blend the gray into the rest of the hair, you simply make the gray hairs
appear to be highlights and add depth to the color, without making the hair look “colored”. In other words, you remove the signs of aging without making it noticeable.
The general lightening of the haircolor that happens as a part of the aging process is a slightly different situation with which to cope. Not only does the hair lighten overall as we
get older, but the pigmentation of the skin changes too, which can have a major impact on the way we deal with the problem. In this situation, the goal is to add some vibrance and shine to the hair (since it also tends
to become dull as part of this “fading”) without making the hair too dark to be compatible with the skin tone of the older woman.
Too many women – especially those women who’ve colored their hair for a long time - make the mistake of keeping to the same shade of color as they grow older. The end result is that
many of these women end up looking washed out by hair of a color too dark for their skin tone. When the hair has become faded and dull, the correct way to deal with it is to use a toner product (a translucent color
formula) that will add just enough pigment to the hair to brighten or enrich the color without darkening the hair too much. In addition, you can use demi-permanent “clear-gloss” products that will add shine enhancers
without using pigment and will restore a youthful sheen to the hair.
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Another change that the hair undergoes as we grow older occurs in the texture of the hair. Hair that is of normal, or fine texture may become coarser (particularly in the case of
graying hair), and even change wave pattern becoming straighter or wavier as the years advance. When the change is more significant, the goal is to make sure that the texture stays uniform. In mild cases, added
moisturizing is called for, to keep the hair as hydrated and as soft as possible. In cases where the hair has become very wiry, or the hair has become wavier or straighter than it was originally, you can consider
having a perming or straightening service to restore the youthful texture to the hair. Just remember that if the hair has grown more porous as you get older, you will need to redouble your moisturizing efforts.